Fifth Week of Increased Incidences of Flu

Follow the Basics of Flu Prevention

(Fort Myers, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2018) --- The incidences of flu continue to rise in Southwest Florida for the fifth consecutive week, with Lee Health seeing 600 cases of flu last week.

“Throughout this widespread and intense flu season, we have to focus on the basics of prevention—getting the flu vaccine, practicing good hand hygiene, covering your cough and staying home if you’re sick,” says Mary Beth Saunders, D.O., Lee Health System Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention. “Lee Health maintains the restriction of children 12 years and younger from visiting the hospitals across the system, and urges everyone to avoid visiting the hospital unless absolutely necessary—this is especially true if you are sick with a cough.”

If you experience signs and symptoms of flu, avoid the hospital emergency departments. Call your primary care doctor, or visit a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center if you need medical attention.

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